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From School to Career http://www.school-to-career.org Growing Up is Hard to Do Thu, 22 Mar 2012 18:26:31 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Using Computer to Enroll in Online Education http://www.school-to-career.org/using-computer-to-enroll-in-online-education/ http://www.school-to-career.org/using-computer-to-enroll-in-online-education/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:18:12 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=209 Are you considering online education? Though the degree you’ll earn is the same you’d receive at any “traditional” college, nearly everything else about your education will be wildly different from an on-campus experience. You won’t need to commute into class; you won’t have a live professor to lecture and remind you of deadlines. You’ll have to maintain a much stronger sense of self-discipline and dedication to stay on top of your class work.

Enrollment for online education works vastly different from traditional on-campus enrollment too. In fact, most enrollments are done online through your computer. It makes sense: since all of your class work will be online, doesn’t it make sense that you can enroll online, too?

No matter if you’re looking to enroll in bachelor’s English program or you’re looking for the best online masters in HR, you’ll need to prepare yourself for your education before you begin.

Here are some tips for enrolling in your first semester of online education.

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  1. Research your programs first.
    What are you looking for in an online education program? Is it accomplished professors? Would you rather go through an accredited institution, or would you rather go for an online-only degree? If you’re still unsure of your field of study, you’ll want to choose an education program with a strong general education focus and plenty of program offerings, so you can decide on your field of study later.
  2. Find out enrollment deadlines and submit everything ahead of time.
    If there are any issues, you’ll want to solve them early — well before classes are set to start.
  3. Start with a light course load. 
    This is probably the most important tip on this list. Online education classes generally require more hours than a typical traditional class. Take it easy with your first semester scheduling: you’ll be learning how to properly budget and manage your time. Remember, there won’t be any live professor or fellow classmates to remind you of impending deadlines. Taking on a light course load on your first semester will ensure you won’t struggle and get overwhelmed with your new class work.
  4. Take classes that you need, but vary the subject matter. It’s a good idea to knock out those unpleasant-but-required classes first. However, make sure you give yourself something fun in your first semester so your entire educational experience doesn’t feel like a chore.

As long as you do your research and take it easy on your course load, you’ll be all set to have a terrific first semester.

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Understanding Your Employee Rights http://www.school-to-career.org/understanding-your-employee-rights/ http://www.school-to-career.org/understanding-your-employee-rights/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:09:48 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=213 Employment Exhibition (Photo credit: Modern_Language_Center)

When you leave school and begin working for others in California or other states, you aren’t alone. You have certain rights as an employee. These rights are mandated by federal and state laws. Reap the benefits of proper treatment during your employment by fully understanding your employee rights.

You Have the Right to Earn Minimum Wage

There is an actual law that makes sure you aren’t paid less than a certain amount per hour. That amount is called minimum wage, and it changes as the economy changes. To find out what the current minimum wage is, check out the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If you work in California, you might find it interesting to look at California minimum wage rates and history.

So what do you do if you feel you are underpaid? You can file a complaint. To find out where to file your complaint, go to the Wage and Hour Division office website then select your state. If you don’t have regular Internet access, you might call the program’s toll-free help line at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243). If you are concerned about losing your job after filing, remember that it’s illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee for filing a minimum wage complaint.

You Have the Right to Earn Holiday and Overtime Pay

Knowing your rights in regards to minimum wage is great, but it’s also important to understand your rights when it comes to overtime. Sometimes an employer might ask you to put in more hours than you signed on for. This cuts into your private life. To compensate for this, the Labor Code dictates that you get paid one and one half times minimum wage if you work:

  • More than eight hours in one workday
  • Over 40 hours during a workweek
  • And if you work more than eight hours on a seventh consecutive day during a workweek

The exception to this ruling is when employees contract to work an alternative workweek. The ruling also does not factor in commuting time.

You Have Rights in the Workplace

When you work, you should have the freedom to concentrate on the task-at-hand. You have the right to work without harassment. Laws protect your right to work without harassment in the following areas: sexual harassment, gender discrimination, age harassment and race harassment.

If you, as an employee, feel that your rights have been infringed upon in any way, consider contacting a California Employment Law Attorney or other legal help. Laws are in place to protect you.

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Giving the Best Education for Your Kids http://www.school-to-career.org/giving-the-best-education-for-your-kids/ http://www.school-to-career.org/giving-the-best-education-for-your-kids/#comments Sat, 28 Jan 2012 18:34:41 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=203 Receiving a good education from a top-quality school can open hundreds of doors for children. A child’s school environment can determine what careers he/she can pursue, who he/she networks with, and what he/she can learn. It is for these reasons that many parents make it a personal goal to give their children the best education.

The following are some things you will need to do to ensure your children are receiving the best education available for them.

Securing the Finances During Contingencies

Parents who wish to give their children the best education possible will need to secure the necessary finances for their educational opportunity; but there are emergency cases when they are financially unprepared.

Unexpected expenses concerning a child’s education often come with a hefty price tag. In case of financial contingencies such as paying for your child’s unexpected educational expenses, you can acquire an installment loan at trusted lenders.

When pressed for time and needed to settle accounts real quick, emergency loans can be accessed as a short-term safety measure. They can be a great financial aid since they can assist you during emergencies, and they process your application immediately.

Gaining Access to Great Educational Opportunities

Networking with other parents and members of the community can help parents achieve their goal of giving their children the best education. Networking allows parents to learn about great educational opportunities within the community and form connections within the top-quality schools that could prove valuable.

The connections that are formed through networking opportunities can often lead to references that can be used on a child’s school application.

Enrolling Children in Multiple Extracurricular Activities

Top-quality schools love to admit children who take part in multiple extracurricular activities. Parents who wish to give their children the best education they can, should consider signing up their children for multiple extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities can include learning a foreign language, taking part in sports, volunteering, or pursuing a hobby.

Signing a child up for these activities takes a commitment on the part of the parent to ensure their child will get to these activities. However, many parents are willing to make this commitment in an effort to help their child gain access to some of the best educational opportunities.

Parents who wish to give their children the best education will need to secure financing, network within the community, and enroll their children in extracurricular activities. It takes a lot of time and energy to do these things, but when your child’s future is at stake, nothing is too great.

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Shopping Spree for Back to School-On a Budget http://www.school-to-career.org/shopping-spree-for-back-to-school-on-a-budget/ http://www.school-to-career.org/shopping-spree-for-back-to-school-on-a-budget/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:36:09 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=155

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It’s possible for the back-to-school shopping list and your budget to co-exist peacefully. If you plan it just right, you can have an all-out shopping spree that will send your kids back to the classroom with the gear and clothes they want while other families are cutting back. Arm yourself with these shopping strategies so you can make the most of your money.

Save Money on the Basics

  • Make a list. Knowing the basic supplies your child needs for school will prevent you from wasting money. While your first grader might think it’s cool to have a miniature stapler, it’s unlikely the homeroom teacher included this gadget on his or her required materials list.
  • Use a prepaid Reach Card to buy in bulk. Go in with other families and buy some supplies from a bulk retailer. You might spend a little more up front, but your child will be equipped for the entire school year. Putting the purchase on your prepaid Reach Card ensures you’re paying with money you have instead of racking up debt.
  • Maximize your coupon use. Some grocery and drug stores offer double coupons every day. If you have a coupon for basic items like notebook paper, pens or pencils, buy them from a grocery store with your coupon so you can get double the savings.

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  • Buy (some) used clothing. You can find jeans, shorts and even socks in great shape at used clothing stores for a fraction of the retail price. Tell your kids that by buying these basic items used, there will be more money for new shirts, sweaters and shoes. Kids might be more receptive to used clothing bought online because you can avoid browsing the racks of a brick-and-mortar secondhand shop.

Save Money on the Extras

  • Shop at outlets. Great deals on name-brand clothes will make parents and kids happy. Use the money you saved on cheap basics to indulge a bit at the outlet stores. Look for shirts and shoes that you’re less likely to find used or at big box discount stores.
  • Buy out of season. Stores are deeply discounting summer clothes that didn’t sell in season. This is the perfect time to stock up for next spring and summer. Avoid trendy clothes that will look dated.
  • Ask your older kids to help. If your kids had a summer job, ask them to help pay for a new pair of shoes, especially if they insist on having a particular, expensive brand.

The cash register doesn’t have to be the source of financial heartburn. With a good plan of attack, you can buy all the back-to-school necessities and extras without breaking the bank.

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9 Unique Ways to Have Cash-in-Hand Tomorrow http://www.school-to-career.org/9-unique-ways-to-have-cash-in-hand-tomorrow/ http://www.school-to-career.org/9-unique-ways-to-have-cash-in-hand-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:44:38 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=125 Many people, especially college students, need a little extra cash, and they need it quickly. If you are one of the millions that could use a few extra dollars here and there through installment loans or other methods, you may be surprised to find that there are tons of ways to make a quick buck. All you need is what you already have, and a little bit of time (though, of course, not much!). Make some fast money with these nine easy tips.

Donate Plasma

If you are OK with needles, and don’t mind giving up a little bit of yourself for the good of others, you can donate plasma. In most areas, this will get you a decent chunk of change. You can donate (in the United States, at least) two times in a seven day period.

Keep in mind that you have to have at least two days between donations. In most areas, you can get between $35-$60 for each donation. There are some restrictions to donating plasma, so make sure that you contact a local plasma center to find out exactly what they do and do not allow.

Garage Sale/Yard Sale

Have you been putting off the necessary tasks of cleaning your basement, attic, or shed? Fix your clutter issues and make some fun money at the same time! It may be shocking to realize how much money you can make during a garage sale. If you have collectibles or antiques, you may be able to make more off of them at a garage sale than anywhere else.

Make sure you time your sale well, though. If you have it during the week, instead of the weekend, you may not have anyone show up. This can actually end up costing you money, rather than making you money, once you factor in ads, time, and snacks for when you’re sitting outside.

Become an Affiliate

Setting up a website is all the rage. Becoming an affiliate marketer can make you some quick cash, and it can be fun. Make a blog on a topic that you are interested in, and find affiliate programs to compliment your blog.

There are so many affiliate programs out there that you can find one for almost any market you can think of. Though you generally need to hit a certain sales number before they will cash you out, in many cases this is not a difficult task.

Buy Money

If you are willing to put at least $500 down, you can buy coins from the United States Mint, with free shipping. When you purchase this with a credit card that offers cash back, you win! It’s like getting free money. Just keep in mind that it is requested that you put this money into circulation, rather than just throwing it into your bank account. You may also want to make sure you pay the balance on that credit card, otherwise you’ll gain interest.

Recycle

Instead of throwing everything in the trash, find out what you can get for recycling certain items. In some states, you can get up to ten cents per plastic bottle that you recycle. Though this doesn’t seem like much, it sure can add up.

In most areas, you can recycle soda cans for cash, as well. Save up these items, and when you need a little bit of extra green, take them to a local recycling plant to bring in some quick cash in a hurry.

Be a Guinea Pig

If you have ever heard about medical tests needing subjects, you may have considered the opportunity. If you are strapped for cash, this can be a great way to get a little bit extra coming in. Many hospitals, clinics, and research facilities are looking for people to try out their new procedures or drugs.

Most of them will pay you for your trouble, as well. Look into the opportunities in your area, and sign up for as many tests as you are able to. If you have a medical condition, you may be able to get your medication for free, as well, which saves you even more money!

Play for Cash

Gambling is a great American past time. Many people are concerned about gambling, though, because they have negative associations with it. If you have a gambling addiction, this is not a good idea for you; however, for others, it could be a fun, easy way to bring in a little bit of spending money.

There are more options than ever before – instead of having to head to Vegas, you can play casino games online! There are also websites that let you play more traditional “time wasters” online that have cash competitions. Find the game you are best at, and have a little bit of fun while making money.

Take Surveys

Companies like to find out what their consumers are doing, thinking, and buying. Because of this, many of them pay for surveys to be taken. Sometimes, they pay in cash, while other times they pay in gift cards. Either way, you can rack up a good amount of money in a day. Generally, you will spend between 5-20 minutes on a particular survey, and can make between a dollar and a hundred dollars.

Sell Your Time

If you have a skill that can help others, use it! Offer your services on craigslist, your local classified, ODesk, Elance, or even on notice boards in your area. For example, if you are great at math, offer tutoring services. Many times, offering your services can start off as a part time thing, and then turn into a full time job. There is no limit on the money you can make when doing what you are good at.

So Go Make Some Money!

When trying to bring in some extra money, you may find that there are many more options than you once thought. Whether you are trying to come up with a few extra dollars for a fun night out, or you realized that you are behind on bills, you can easily make some quick cash to cover it.

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4 Signs You Need a New Car http://www.school-to-career.org/4-signs-you-need-a-new-car/ http://www.school-to-career.org/4-signs-you-need-a-new-car/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:38:58 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=99 All people eventually reach the end of the line with their car. Cars aren’t built to last forever. The problem is learning when to let go. People want to save a dollar, and there’s a sentimental attachment to the old beater with the driver’s side door that doesn’t quite work, but you need to call it quits at some point. Here’s 4 signs to tell you when your car has been used too long.
Smoke From the Hood

Goshen Burning Car

Seems simple, right? There shouldn’t be smoke under the hood. Of course, this isn’t always an indication of the car needing to be scrapped, but it’s almost always an indication of an expensive repair. It could be anything from a radiator problem to an engine taking its last gasp. If you’re concerned about smoke inhalation while driving, it’s about time that you got a new car.
Too Many Tricks
Aging cars will often develop little hitches in the way they operate. Just like an older person having to hold onto the arm of the couch to lift themselves up, you might have a couple little tricks getting your car to start up, too. When you begin to have to compromise the basic function of your car in order to make it work (e.g., getting in the passenger side or having someone hold the gas tank door while you pop the lever), it might be time to move on to a new car, and your car insurance may even improve because of it.
Too Much Cost
Many people proclaim they love their old beater because of the money they save, but what many fail to realize is that the car is nickel and diming them to death. Having to get new tires and the occasional break repair are part of owning a car. If you’re putting repair bills on the credit card more than once a year, or paying more than the average cost of a year’s worth of monthly payments, you should definitely start looking for an upgrade.
Falling Off

Very old rusty car

Any time something falls off of your car, no matter how insignificant it might seem, it’s a good time to think about getting something new. You never want any part of a story to include a car part falling off as you’re driving. The moment your story includes that, it’s time to get a new car. If things start going bad in the winter, it’s the best time to buy. Business is slow then and you can get a great deal.
You count on your car, and it needs to be able to come through for you. There comes a time when you have to say goodbye to the old and say hello to the new.

 

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Benefits of Music Downloading http://www.school-to-career.org/benefits-of-music-downloading/ http://www.school-to-career.org/benefits-of-music-downloading/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:11:19 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=145 The iTunes music store is chock full of music to download. They even managed to land the Beatles’ coveted album collection to offer for sale, a real coup in the digital music business. Want the new Lady Gaga album, or a hard to find copy of the first release from the Sisters of Mercy? Just log into your account, and you can either buy the entire album, or select a few favored songs for purchase.

 

The simplicity and ease of downloadable music explains why it is a format that has taken off at an explosive pace. Not simply relegated to one provider, Apple nonetheless seems to offer the largest selection of tunes. However, their model has displayed the basic fact – cd sales in traditional brick and mortar stores are likely to continue their decline. With fuel costs rising, consumers are only too happy to stay at home and download music rather than foot the additional fuel costs to drive over to the local mall to purchase music. Not only are downloads more earth friendly – no plastic cd’s and their jewel cases to throw away – but they offer another perk as well.

 

Downloading offers instant gratification. It’s not only possible, but it’s easy to get songs at your whim. Buy them one at a time, figure out if the songs knock your socks off, and buy the rest of the album if it does. The new format in music is more consumer friendly than ever before. It’s also artist friendly, as the exposure to a broader audience is a built-in aspect of the latest format!

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Start Your Networking Early http://www.school-to-career.org/start-your-networking-early/ http://www.school-to-career.org/start-your-networking-early/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:00:41 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=151 Networking is how almost everything in this world is accomplished. Without a solid network, be it social or otherwise, you won’t be able to get very much done in this world. Life is all about networking with the right people, and if you don’t you won’t be able to accomplish what you need to do. So start networking as soon as you can.

Having a great network starts by getting out and meeting people. Don’t be afraid to say hi to everyone you meet. Ask them questions about themselves, and learn what makes them tick if you can. Naturally most people will give you sparse answers and won’t turn into valuable parts of your network, but the few who will make all of your efforts worth it. So when you get up every day, make a note that you have to network with everyone you can. You never know who might end up being the lynchpin of your network.

Also, you want to be certain that the people you network with are trustworthy. There are two types of trust: the kind revolving around a person’s competence, and the kind that depends on a person being honest and genuine with you. If a person is just one of those two, you can’t trust them reliably. If they are only one of the two, you have to be very careful about when you can depend on them, and even if you can trust them at all. When you can, associate with people you can truly trust — and start early.

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Your Resume and Your Future http://www.school-to-career.org/your-resume-and-your-future/ http://www.school-to-career.org/your-resume-and-your-future/#comments Sun, 17 Jul 2011 10:00:47 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=150 The first part of a simple CV used in the Unit...

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A lot of people forget how great it is to have a great work history for reasons beyond just making more money than you currently do. When you have a great curriculum vitae, it means more than just a better job and more money. It also means that you’ve got a great career you can look at it and look back on with pride in your work.

Having a great resume starts out with a great career. When you work hard and you work with a plan behind you, great things tend to happen in your life. As your work history begins to improve, your life overall tends to get better as well. With time, you can start to clarify both where you’ve been in the past and where you’re going in the future. The future grows out of the past, just like the seeds you plant can turn into mighty crops you can live on.

When you have your past and some of your future firmly planted in your mind, you can do a lot of things. You can get the job of your dreams, and not just for a paycheck and benefits. That’s the thing about having a successful career. When your career is genuinely successful, it stops being about the money and starts being about really doing something constructive in this world. So every time you consider your CV, remember that it’s built and rebuilt by every significant career move you make in life.

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The gap Between Education and Money http://www.school-to-career.org/the-gap-between-education-and-money/ http://www.school-to-career.org/the-gap-between-education-and-money/#comments Sat, 16 Jul 2011 10:00:43 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=149 3 generations

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Lots of people get the impression that as soon as they complete their educations, massive amounts of money are going to flow to them with the mysterious ease often depicted in rap videos. However, this level of speed almost never happens in real life, as fresh graduates often need to search for employment for months on end.

Getting a job can be challenging in this day and age. With so many students trained for challenging careers and so few of these types of jobs being created over an ordinary year, it can be extremely difficult to secure this employment. Even when it finally happens, there is generally a gap between a new employee’s pay and how much they get to use for their own purposes after their housing, student loans and other expenses are taken care of each month. With their employment also comes great responsibility.

So when a counselor tells a graduate that they need to get a job as soon as they can, it occasionally falls on hardened ears. It isn’t as if the graduate isn’t listening or doesn’t understand the importance of being employed. The disconnect happens primarily because there seems to be less incentive to seek employment because of the classic rags to riches element of going from being a broke student to being a fairly affluent young professional. After expenses and considering the work already put in, sometimes getting an advanced education can almost seem like a waste of one’s time.

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Benefits of Cross Training in the Work Place http://www.school-to-career.org/benefits-of-cross-training-in-the-work-place/ http://www.school-to-career.org/benefits-of-cross-training-in-the-work-place/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:37:49 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=74  

When managers cross train employees it provided managers with an added flexibility within the workforce to get tasks completed. Cross training in the workplace also gives employees the opportunity to learn a new skill, adds to their value to the job, and banishes workplace boredom.

Searching for a job and acing a job interview are all important as talked about at school-to-career.org, however, once your secure in your career field and have been there a while you may be interested in learning a new skill or advancing in the company through cross training.

Just about every company and position utilizes some form of cross training. Design engineers can be cross trained when instructed to go on field installation trips to learn first hand if a particular design they created worked or not. Stockers in a store can learn how to work a cash register and cashiers can learn cross training techniques such as stocking shelves. This is beneficial to the company because when someone  is out sick or on break but their is a need in their area, someone from another department is skilled enough  to come in and handle their tasks.

When a company is preparing to cross train, benefits of both the employee and company should be considered. When an employee is cross trained, they typically get the opportunity to learn a new skill at company cost. The new skill the employee acquires can make them a more valuable asset to the current job or can prepare them for another. Cross training also is a great way to make sure company time is not wasted.

 

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Tips on Preparing for a Job Interview http://www.school-to-career.org/tips-on-preparing-for-a-job-interview/ http://www.school-to-career.org/tips-on-preparing-for-a-job-interview/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:37:51 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=73 Interview Outfit 1 

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If you have searched for the right job and now have been offered and interview, the next step is making sure your interview is successful to lock in the offer. The following are a few strategies and tips that can make your interview effective from preparation to follow up.

When you land an interview for a position, you should prepare yourself by collecting background information on your prospective employer. This can prepare you for what they are looking for. Check out the company’s website beforehand and you can also ask for the company literature or information about the job you are interviewing for. Additional helpful interview information at school-to-career.org can also prepare you for your job interview.You also should be knowledgeable enough to answer important questions that may involve the company and the reasons you want to work there.

One of the key elements of the interview is being on time. A good rule of thumb is to arrive 1-15 minutes early. If the location is unfamiliar to you to a map search online or try driving to the interview spot a day or so before the interview so you will know exactly where it is.

Remember, first impressions speak volumes so dress appropriately and professionally and always stay calm. Bring an extra copy of your resume with you and to show interest and ask for clarification on a particular subject  if you are not sure what has been asked. When the interview is over, thank the interviewer and restate the interest you have in the positions. You should always follow up any interview with a thank you note.

 

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Tips for Rocking Your Job Interviews http://www.school-to-career.org/tips-for-rocking-your-job-interviews/ http://www.school-to-career.org/tips-for-rocking-your-job-interviews/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 19:27:57 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=55 Job interviews are your one and only chance to impress future employers.

If you walk into an interview looking like a mess, or you flub an important question, then your chances of landing that important job are slim to none. With so much pressure weighing on how they perform during job interviews, people are looking for tips on how to rock it out and stand above the rest of the competition.

If you are looking to improve your job interviewing skills and really learn how to rock out a job interview, here are some tips you can  incorporate into your next job interview. They should help you impress your future employers and land that job.

Make a Great First Impression

Your future employer already has a pre-conceived notion about you even before you sit down and start answering questions. Future employers will judge you on what you’re wearing, how you present yourself and how confident you look from the minute you walk into the interview.

This is why you need to make a stunning first impression before your interview even starts.

Wearing an outfit that will impress your future employers and shows that you value the job you are interviewing for is a great way to create a good first impression.

Most experts recommend wearing either business casual or formal business attire. You should also walk into an interview with your head held high, look the interview in the eye and shake hands firmly, as this will allow you to convey a message of strength and confidence, which are both characteristics employers look for in new employees.

Dazzle Them With Your Knowledge

Future employers don’t expect you to know everything about the job that you are interviewing for, but a little knowledge can work to your advantage.

By displaying a basic understanding of the job and using the proper terms during an interview, you can show your future employer that you have a passion for the job you are applying for and really want to succeed in that field.

You can brush up on your vocabulary or basic job related terms by performing a basic Internet search for the career field that is related to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are looking for a career in education, then you could look up a glossary of educational terms that you can use during your interview.

Not only will this help you should you get the job, it will also help you impress your future employer by your vast understanding of the career field and your ability to take initiative and conduct some research before your job interview.

Rocking your next job interview is more than just making a great first impression and dazzling the employer with your knowledge.

What other qualities and attributes do you feel help you rock out your interviews and find success when looking for a job?

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Ways to use Networking to Advance Your Career http://www.school-to-career.org/ways-to-use-networking-to-advance-your-career/ http://www.school-to-career.org/ways-to-use-networking-to-advance-your-career/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 17:37:52 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=72 Swim Texas Business Card 

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Individuals that are looking to succeed in a certain career can use a helpful tool known as networking to help increase their employment chances. Through networking an individual can make connections with individuals in the field they are seeking and utilize these connections to benefit them.

The site school-to-career.org can tell you that networking is all about connecting with others both formally and informally within a particular field being sought in order to make known the skills, professional goals and experiences a person has that qualifies them for a job . Once connections are made within a person’s profession this can result in helping that person find a job, become friendly with people who have the influence to help them get ahead in their career, and find project partners.

There are daily opportunities to use both formal and informal networking strategies. The process whereby an individual takes the opportunity to share information to everyone they meet concerning their  skills as they relate to a  job is called informal networking. A person can give a business card to a waiter at a restaurant, talk to someone while in an elevator, or ask someone about advice on their work performance. A person will incorporate formal networking in settings that include work related conferences, taking part in events about career networking, and through online services.

Networking for career opportunities can occur through local, national, or global methods. Using the internet can be an ideal and easy way to network electronically. There are networking sites which are internet-based that allow users to make professional networks when they search for others with correlating professional interests.

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Fashion Branding Just Happens to Some Designers http://www.school-to-career.org/fashion-branding-just-happens-to-some-designers/ http://www.school-to-career.org/fashion-branding-just-happens-to-some-designers/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 18:54:17 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=61 Brand name is everything in this generation, and if a business does not brand itself, it won’t last very long or make a good income for the owner. Branding is very important, with trend-setters frequenting the public’s eye for style changes, but some brands just happen. Some promote themselves, almost.

In the early 90s a rap star by the name of The Notorious B.I.G. Wallace released a hit song (“One More Chance,” a platinum hit) that mentioned Coogi shirts: I stay Coogi down to the socks. The brand was suddenly making millions as fans of Notorious rushed to wear what he wore.Some Trendy Fashions Started Decades Ago 

Something mundane like a sentence in the middle of a song can create a world-wide wave of change. Now, it’s cool and stylish to wear Coogi clothes, and the price is very competitive. It’s hard to think of stars wearing low-priced clothing, but they do if the design is good enough, which is the case for Coogi clothing.

Started in 1969 by Jacky Taranto, the Melborne, Australia, company selling Coogi delivered a fine product that attracted the attention of The Notorious B.I.G. in the early 90s. He donned himself in the brand, mentioned it in a song, and suddenly a frenzy of people were buying the brand.

Coogi makes an estimated $45 million a year, making it one of the most popular hip hop designs on the market. It’s not just for teenagers anymore; young moms and dads are sporting the style, and the brand carries a line for children, too.

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Understanding Networking http://www.school-to-career.org/understanding-networking/ http://www.school-to-career.org/understanding-networking/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 16:49:15 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=45

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Believe it or not we all have a network build up of people that surround us.  Your network may consist of people you work with, friends, family, and people you meet here and there.  Consider that you have a network with your pest control gentleman, your mailman, your neighbor, ect.  All of these network of people that surround you are your best bet for anyone finding a job.

Every where you go every thing you do you are networking.  Going to the grocery store and having a conversation with the stocker is networking.  Having a passing conversation with your neighbor is consider networking.  Talking with someone at a park while taking your dog out for a walk is networking.  Networking is surround by all of us.

The best way for any job seeker is by networking.  It is said that networking is the number one leader to any person wanting or looking to find a job.  You might not hear of your local grocery store hiring, but you may hear of it through your neighbor.  This is considered networking.  More often then not most everything is found out through networking and never advertisement.

If you are applying for a job at a place where someone you know works at has told you about, you might have a better chance of getting interviewed rather then some one off the street they don’t know.  This could be accounted for a reference.

Many people may get networking confused, but it’s really nothing to it.  If you think for a minute you will acknowledge all of your networking possibilities.  Sometimes they can become endless.

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Cross Training http://www.school-to-career.org/cross-training/ http://www.school-to-career.org/cross-training/#comments Sun, 15 May 2011 16:49:14 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=44

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Cross training in your workforce in imperative especially for managers, but also for employees.  It is imperative for the simple fact that if managers are able to cross train it would be easier to understand what is expected to get the job done from not only themselves, but their employees and for them to be able to perform to their maximum potential.

Cross training employees lets each other learn about the others job and responsibilities.  Not only does it allow for each employee to learn new things, but it also could make the management team look at you as a potential to move up the ladder the more you know and the more you learn.

Not every employee will have the opportunity to cross train in other departments.  Selecting the right employee to train can be difficult.  Most management staff should consider every single employee when choosing who is best suited to cross train.  Most employees enjoy learning new tasks while others are comfortable sticking with their current assignments and duties.

Most every employee will jump at the chance to cross train in other areas.  There are many different ways to cross train.  There might be a conference, seminar, hands on training, ect.  Training is an important part of having a successful career as well as having a successful business.  Becoming well trained and having the opportunity to cross train will make for a more confident employee.  Wether you are just starting out in a career, just starting a new job, or you have been in your job for sometime now, always look for ways to cross train when possible.


 

 

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Criminal Science Technology You Won’t Learn About on CSI http://www.school-to-career.org/criminal-science-technology-you-wont-learn-about-on-csi/ http://www.school-to-career.org/criminal-science-technology-you-wont-learn-about-on-csi/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 14:35:19 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=49 Anyone who turns on their TV will notice an abundance of criminal science shows.

Programmers like CSI, NCIS and Criminal Minds have become increasingly popular over the last few years and put a spotlight on criminal science technology.

There is such a heavy focus on criminal science technology that many people believe that by watching these types of TV shows it somehow makes them an expert in the field!

While watching television shows like CSI might make you a expert on the TV guide, there is a lot that is not shown or explained in the short 60 minute window the program has to offer. Here is a look at some of the aspects of criminal science technology you won’t learn about while watching CSI.

Realistic Times for Test Results and Forensic Evidence Analysis

In criminal science shows test results like DNA analyses and toxicology reports will generally come back to the scientists within a matter of hours. What the show doesn’t tell you is that the realistic time for test results, forensic evidence and analysis can be anywhere from a couple of days to weeks or even months. This delay can be a result of the lack of available technology or simply just a backlog in the laboratory that runs the analysis of the data.

Limitations of Lab Equipment

While much of the criminal science technology that you see on the TV shows is based on real-life machinery and science, the majority of criminal science labs do not contain the necessary means to run this type of expensive equipment. A lot of the technology that is used in TV shows requires state-of-the-art computers, microprocessors and lab gear. Due to many federal and local budget cuts criminal science departments do not have access to these valuable resources and therefore the laboratory is often reliant upon older technology to analyze the data.

Specific Individualized Roles

Criminal science technology in the real world is often broken down into several different roles. Generally, they’ll be specifically assigned roles based on the area of study and specialty of the criminal forensic scientist. This means that there will be an individual who studies DNA, an individual who studies tire tracks and an individual who specializes in toxicology. Unlike on TV an individual criminal forensic scientist focuses on one aspect of the crime scene and gathers the data that is reliant upon their area of specialty, rather than assessing the scene as a whole and drawing conclusions.

Juggling Multiple Cases

The average criminal forensic scientist will be juggling anywhere from 20 to 100 cases at a time. This is because a local forensic lab can be overwhelmed with close to 50,000 cases in one year. Those that study criminal science technology must learn to multitask and work on various cases at one time.

After watching shows like CSI you might feel as though you’ve gained an understanding of what the everyday life of a criminal scientist is like. In reality, these television shows really don’t depict a completely accurate picture of the life of someone working in criminal science technology.

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Selecting the right career for you http://www.school-to-career.org/selecting-the-right-career-for-you/ http://www.school-to-career.org/selecting-the-right-career-for-you/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 16:49:11 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=43

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Choosing the right career can be quite the challenge. How do you know what career path will best suite your needs?  Before you are set on a certain career path it is important to keep in mind any special talents, hobbies or interests that you poses.  Ask yourself questions; do you like cooking?  Do you like sewing?  Do you like working with people?

Once you can answer some simple questions you ask yourself you can then start to write down any career options that would best work with any interests you desire.  If you like cooking maybe you can get a career in the culinary field such as a cook of some sort.  If you enjoy working with people maybe you might like something in the medical field.  If you like sewing consider a career in a seamstress or designing clothes.  Become familiar with your options.  If something sparks your intrest more then another consider networking and ask questions from those who already hold the career you are considering.

It is more common then most might think that most people change careers several times throughout their working life.  It is best to be informed of the career you wish to enter to make sure that this is where you most want to be the rest of your life. That is why it is suggested that you select a career that you will enjoy doing.  Although you may be completely informed of your career choice it is never a guarantee that you will enjoy your job.

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The Basics of Emergency Management http://www.school-to-career.org/the-basics-of-emergency-management/ http://www.school-to-career.org/the-basics-of-emergency-management/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 08:09:19 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=36
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Every family must plan for the worst-case scenario. It’s not a comfortable thought, but it’s a must in this day and age. Loss of job, illness or other home tragedy could live a family in complete disarray. That’s why having the mindset to be proactive about planning for disaster can pay big dividends in the long run. So here are a couple of tips to make sure that you are ready in case the unexpected hits you.

The first thing you need is insurance protection. Insurance isn’t a luxury. While there are things like payday loans you must know that your safest form of protection is to have insurance to cover you. Money bleeds when disaster strikes. The good news for you and your family is that many insurance companies are giving very generous discounts for multiple policies. This means you can get everything you from one company and save yourself a lot of money in the process.

The other thing you can do is get yourself a savings plan for the emergencies. Most experts estimate this should consist of six months of your monthly expenses. Be fair when calculating these things. If you have debt make sure you are staying current while you reach the savings goal and make sure that you put it in a separate account so that it doesn’t get confused with your money.

These are just a couple of the major ways you can save yourself if disaster strikes. It’s a tough time and the less you have to think about the money the better. Follow these two things and you’ll be ready.

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Finding Companies Hiring in Your Area http://www.school-to-career.org/finding-companies-hiring-in-your-area/ http://www.school-to-career.org/finding-companies-hiring-in-your-area/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:09:10 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=22 Finding a job isn’t always an easy task. There are multiple ways in finding out what companies are hiring.

Thanks to Canada 411, finding companies won’t take that long. Browsing through all the ads and job websites can take hours. With online search directories, all you have to do is type in the type of company you’re looking for (hospital, marketing company, ad agency, etc.) and all those types of businesses will show up. If you want a specific area, add that into the search box as well.

If you don’t have public transportation nearby and you’d rather not commute more than a certain amount of miles, you can add your location and proximity in the search box, too. This will narrow your search to the companies within a specific amount of driving distance from your home.

Once you’ve entered all your search information, a list of companies will appear. You can click the links to find information on each company. Click the website, and you’ll be taken directly to the website where you can than see if any job positions have been posted there.

It’s tough trying to find a job, and people are looking for the easiest way to find jobs in their areas. With online search directories, you can quickly look for certain types of companies in your area and browse their websites to see if they’re hiring. It’s that easy! Instead of using 10 different websites to find employment, you now only need one website: Canada 411.

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Nailing the Job Interview http://www.school-to-career.org/nailing-the-job-interview/ http://www.school-to-career.org/nailing-the-job-interview/#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 16:30:33 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=28 Reflections of myself - 022/365 

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Apply for a job is easy, getting that job past the interview process can be very difficult for many people. An interview can be a nerve wracking thing. Even if you know you are qualified to do the job, you can still fail in the interview and be left without the job that you need. That’s why it’s important to be as ready for the interview as you will be to perform the job at a high level. So here are a couple of things to keep in mind that will help you impress on your interview.

The first mistake that many make when going into a job interview is that they tend to underdress. This isn’t so much a problem when going in for a corporate position, but even a retail job interview requires a level of quality to the wardrobe. In most hourly jobs a business casual attire could be effective and appropriate.

Many people fail to do their checking up on the company. Going in for an interview is to show a potential employer that you are committed to the company, so showing that you understand where the company is at, and where it is going can prove to be invaluable to how the employer perceives you. It’s important on show you care, so they’ll have reason to care about you.

These are just a couple of tips. The important thing is to just relax and be yourself. If you present well and you are the best person for the job you have to have faith that your number will be called. Have the confidence to nail the interview.

 

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Advice for Soon-to-be Professional Photographers http://www.school-to-career.org/advice-for-soon-to-be-professional-photographers/ http://www.school-to-career.org/advice-for-soon-to-be-professional-photographers/#comments Sun, 03 Apr 2011 18:28:19 +0000 Jill Zane http://www.school-to-career.org/?p=19 Many professional photographers started out taking photos as a hobby and later made it into a lucrative business. This chance to turn something you love into a money-making opportunity has attracted many people to photography.

While it might seem easy, becoming a professional photographer doesn’t happen overnight. If you are considering this career choice here are some tips and advice on how you can make that dream a reality.

Market Your Services

Whether you are working for a company or as an individual, you need to market your photography services. Creating business cards can help you advertise to prospective clients and customers, and allow them to refer your services to others.

Get Official Training/Education

Some photographers are self-taught; however, it is essential to get official training/education in photography. By having an educational background in photography, it will give you more credibility with future clients.

Purchase Professional Equipment

Professional photography equipment will allow you to capture the perfect shot and create beautiful pictures. A popular camera choice for future professional photographers is the SLR digital camera.

Learn How to Use Computer Software

Computer programs like Photoshop allow you to add certain effects to photos. Learning how to use these types of programs allows you to provide more services to your clients and create beautiful pictures. This is especially important for bridal and editorial photographers.

Build a Portfolio/Gain Experience

Volunteer to shoot events or take editorial photos for little or no money as a way to build up your portfolio and gain experience. You can also gain experience by applying for a photography internship.

 

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